Silent Movie

Based on a captivating true story, The Silent Twins follows the lives of June and Jennifer Gibbons, real-life identical twins who grew up on the Furzy Park housing estate in Haverfordwest in the 1970s and 1980s. They became known as the silent twins because of their refusal to communicate with anyone but each other.

This biographical film follows the twins’ journey. Their days at Haverfordwest County Secondary School were difficult and they were later institutionalised at Broadmoor Hospital following years of silence and teenage rebellion.

Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska, The Silent Twins had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. A book was written about the girls by Marjorie Wallace and became a bestseller in 1986.

Jennifer and June were diagnosed with selective mutism and were eventually incarcerated for the many crimes they committed together as teens and adults, including theft and arson. The twins were from the only black family in Haverfordwest at the time and felt isolated from their community. In turn, the pair rejected communication with everyone but each other, retreating into their own fantasy world of inspiration and adolescent desires.

The Silent Twins will be shown at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, until 5 January. It’s suitable only for those 18 and over.

Tickets £7.50; £6.50 concessions; 01646 695267; www.torchtheatre.co.uk.

 

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